Recently seen at a combination yarn/coffee shop ... hilarious!!!
This weekend I finished reading two books, both worthy of mention, but for different reasons. Firstly, "The Crossroads Cafe" by Deborah Smith. I spotted this on display at the library and thought it looked interesting ... I hadn't read any of this author's books previously. It is fiction, but so true to life, that you'll feel you are reading a biography. This book is about several people's lives ... how they individually experienced horrendous tragedy/adversity ... but more importantly, how they overcame it and how much richer their lives became because of it.
There are so many amazing quotes, sprinkled throughout the book, like this:
"I'm not happy, I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them". Beverly Sills
"People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within".
As someone who has survived cancer, heart disease, and heartbreak, my personal motto is, "you can choose to be the victim of circumstance in your life, or to be the victor over it ... you decide".
The second book I read is "Family Tree" by Barbara Delinsky. It focuses on a Caucasian family, with a 'pristine' family line/history, whose biological daughter is born with distinct African-Amercian features. Suddenly, everything they thought they were and knew is challenged ... are they as open minded about 'race & colour' as they thought they were?
(Part of the book is set in a yarn store and one of the main characters is an avid knitter who finds peace when she has needles & yarn flowing through her hands.)
I was very sad when both of these books ended, but feel richer for having read them.